Free deliveryFree delivery
on all fireplaces, stoves & suites
Not quite right?Not quite right?
7 day money back guarantee
product knowledge & expertise
Super fastSuper fast
checkout, safe & secure


Customer Guide to Purchasing a First Choice Fireplace

A fireplace is one of the most important and key features in anyone’s home. Not only does it have to be pleasing to the eye, as it is the second most looked at feature in the home next to the TV, but it has to do it's job, heat your home. Choosing the right fire for you is no easy feat and it is a purchase that shouldn't be taken lightly as the repercussions of the mistake can be costly and a headache. Here at First Choice Fireplaces we care about delivering the best service possible to our customers so we have put together a simple guide to help you choose the right fire place for your home, starting simply by asking the question “what do you need from your fire?”

What To Consider

The one thing that is key when choosing any key feature for your home is to measure your wants and expectations. We would all love a large open fire that is safe to have around children whilst being so grand that you can roast a pig on it, but if you live in a flat this may be completely out of the question. Make sure you understand the area in which you want the fire and ask yourselves these questions;

These are all major questions that you get answered before you embark on an online frenzy of picking out fires just for their appearance. 

Types Of Fuel And Flue Systems

Okay, now that you have an idea of your layout and basic requirements the next thing to consider is the type of fuel that you want to use. Strictly speaking there are 4 basic types of fuel; gas, wood, electric and bio-ethanol and what type you use generally comes down to the type of flue system you have. Follow this link to discover our comprehensive guide to the different types of flue systems and to distinguish which one you have.

Types Of Fireplaces

We offer a range of different fires that all use different fuels, here are the basic different types of fires and their specifications.


As stated before, electric fires are the best ones to choose for an easy installation and if you don't have a chimney. They also come in a range of modern inset or wall mounted designs whilst holding the function to be displayed without heat to create ambience.


These fires are supremely efficient and offer more choice of design than electric fires. The flames in the fire look incredibly realistic but nearly all gas fires require some sort of ventilation. If you have a chimney then this ideally needs to be cleaned before the installation, if you don't have a chimney then an air vent can be fitted to allow a source of fresh air into the room. Always get your gas fire fitted and checked by a qualified gas safe engineer to get it signed off for safety.


Traditionally wood burning, stoves are now available for a variety of different fuels. It is however vital that you have a chimney liner installed if you are planning to burn wood. The chimney needs to be swept every 12 months to ensure the safety of your fire. These fires look perfectly rustic and are suitable for almost any look. Must be installed by a professional.


These fires are becoming a craze with their futuristic look and function. The flame is clear and doesn't give off any nasty chemicals or smells. A completely carbon neutral fuel source. Our bio-ethanol fires require no installation and can be placed anywhere around the house, no flue needed.


We use our own installation services that will help install and check your home to make sure that the fire you have chosen is suitable and safe for your home. For more information please follow this link:

We hope that this guide has answered any questions for choosing the right fire. If you require any more information about our products or advice don't be afraid to contact us, we are always happy to help. Enjoy your new fire. 


Info on the latest design, tips & special offers